Sunday, November 25, 2012

STAR WARS: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game images

Several images of the soon-to-be-released Beginner Box appeared. I apologize for being unable to contain my excitement.

The Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Box is set to be available on 12/21/12.

Gather your friends and prepare for adventure in the Star Wars galaxy! Whether you’re new to roleplaying games or just new to Edge of the Empire™, the Beginner Game is the perfect starting point.
The Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game features a complete, learn-as-you-go adventure. Pre-generated character folios keep rules right at the your fingertips, while custom dice and an exciting narrative gameplay system make every roll into a story. Detailed rules provide for hours of entertainment as you create your own adventures and tell your own tales of a galaxy far, far away!
The Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire™ Beginner Game is a complete standalone experience for 3-5 novice roleplayers. It includes:
  • 1 32-page Adventure Book, 1 48-page Rulebook, and 1 Introduction Sheet
  • 4 Full-Color Character Folios
  • 1 Full-Color Double-Sided Foldout Map
  • 14 Custom Dice
  • 8 Destiny Tokens, 35 Character Tokens, and 5 Vehicle Tokens

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Conan: Queen of the Black Coast motion comic

Dark Horse Comics have been doing a masterful job with the Conan license. The comic adaptations of Robert E. Howards' works are some of the finest comics I've seen. A new product has come out of their line which is equally good, but seemed to have a lot of potential for not being so.

Geek & Sundry (probably best known for The Guild) have been producing computer animated adaptations of some of the Dark Horse comics. These comics are not fully animated, like a film or movie. They're more still like a comic with some scenes that kind of follow what the comic artist's intended action would have been. It seems like an art and it really works here.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

TSR Games and Gygax Magazine

TSR is back (but not the same) to produce a new magazine! Here's a post found on the EN World forums...

Hi guys, this is Jayson. I'm the editor for Gygax Magazine.

Gygax Magazine is myself, Ernie Gygax, Luke Gygax, Tim Kask, James Carpio, and Jim Wampler. Our first issue is out in December; since it's not finished yet, we've been pretty quiet about things until it's ready.

Just to address some of the questions, I thought it was best that I leave a reply. We do own the trademark for TSR, and have since December of 2011. We are a new company, not the old TSR, as they were purchased by Wizards in the '90s. The trademark was abandoned about nine years ago, and we registered it in 2011.

We decided the best thing to release first as TSR was a gaming magazine, because we wanted a way to bridge the traditions of the old guard with the awesome new games that are out today.
link to ENWorld post 

More from Tim Kask from Facebook...
Here's a snippet from our ad prospectus.....
so now you all the official word there is at this time.

Gygax is a gaming magazine for new and old players alike.

We are looking forward to the games of tomorrow and today, while preserving the traditions and history that  got us where we are now.

Our articles and features cover current independent and major publisher games such as Pathfinder, Savage Worlds, The One Ring, Shadowrun, Godlike, Labyrinth Lord, Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, Warhammer 40k Roleplay, Traveller, and others, as well as classic out-of-print games with a modern following, like AD&D, Top Secret, and Gamma World.

Our features include comics by Phil Foglio (What’s New With Phil and Dixie), Jim Wampler (Marvin the Mage), and Rich Burlew (Order of the Stick). Contributors include Jim Ward, Cory Doctorow, James Carpio, Ethan Gilsdorf, Dennis Sustare, and many more.

Publishing quarterly in print as well as PDF and iPad editions, we hope each issue of Gygax will be an anticipated and treasured addition to any gamer’s library.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

Fantasy Flight Games announced the newest Star Wars RPG at GenCon 2012, releasing the Beta version. Only recently have I started to dig into the book (which I aquired by attending the FFG seminar, thank you, Tod!). Fascinating rules.

The Beta phase is closing and the first official product is about to be released. This starts with The Beginner Box.

Sometimes the Datapoint description is a great way to get the gist of an unfamiliar system. The dice-pool system is definitely unique, requiring special d6, d8, and d12.

I'm feeling somewhat nostalgic about the game just from the fact that it's Star Wars. Also that it is entirely set in the Classic era. And that it uses a dice-pool game mechanic system. Although, much different than the WEG d6 version, and totally not compatible. That RPG was one of the very first games I ever got into, making this one feel familiar at the same time as new.

There has been no news about how the new Disney acquisition might effect Fantasy Flight's future releases of the game. Similar to how HBO's live action Game of Thrones television series has immensly benefited FFG, I hope the Disney Star Wars future, too, will help FFG.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Tarzan 3D

She Gave Me Three

Here is a wonderful overlooked detail from the Lord of the Rings that'll hit you right in the feels. It's the comments that reveals the powerful meaning behind this scene.




The Lord of...




The Lord of the Rings Meme | ten scenes (2/10)
Farewell to Lórien.
This is my favorite fucking scene.
If you’ve read the Silmarillion, you know who Fëanor was. If you don’t, Fëanor was the dickhead who created the Silmarils: three indescribably beautiful and magical jewels that contained the light and essence of the world before it became flawed. They were the catatlyst for basically every important thing that happened in the First Age of Middle Earth.
It is thought that the inspiration for the Silmarils came to Fëanor from the sight of Galadriel’s shining, silver-gold hair.
He begged her three times for single strand of her beautiful hair. And every time, Galadriel refused him. Even when she was young, Galadriel’s ability to see into other’s hearts was very strong, and she knew that Fëanor was filled with nothing but fire and greed.
Fast forward to the end of the Third Age.
Gimli, visiting Lorien, is also struck by Galadriel’s beauty. During the scene where she’s passing out her parting gifts to the Fellowship, Galadriel stops empty-handed in front of Gimli, because she doesn’t know what to offer a Dwarf. Gimli tells her: no gold, no treasure… just a single strand of hair to remember her beauty by.
She gives him three. Three.
And this is why Gimli gets to be an Elf Friend, people. Because Galadriel looks at him and thinks he deserves what she refused the greatest Elf who ever lived—- and then twice that. And because he has no idea of the significance of what she’s just given him, but he’s going to treasure it the rest of his life anyway.
Just look at that smile on Legolas’s face in the last panel. He gets it. He knows the backstory. And I’m pretty sure this is the moment he reconsiders whether Elves and Dwarves can’t be friends after all.
My, would you just look at the time, it’s LotR emotions o’clock.


Friday, November 2, 2012

George Lucas and Philanthropy

We all know that Disney purchased Star Wars for over 4 Billion $. Here's the coolest part of that story...

Philanthropy :
  1. goodwill to fellow members of the human race; especially : active effort to promote human welfare
  2. a) : an act or gift done or made for humanitarian purposes b) : an organization distributing or supported by funds set aside for humanitarian purposes
Darth Vader Creation by Ticiano

 George Lucas Will Use Disney $4 Billion to Fund Education
By the end of the year, the $4.05 billion sale of Lucasfilm to Disney should be finalized. And since George Lucas owns 100 percent of his company -- which has little to no debt -- all that money goes to him.
PHOTOS: When You Wish Upon a Death Star: The Surprising Symmetry of 'Star Wars' and Disney After that, Lucas plans to quickly put the bulk of the money into a foundation that will primarily focus on educational issues, a spokesperson for Lucasfilm tells THR
“George Lucas has expressed his intention, in the event the deal closes, to donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavors.”
It's not yet clear which foundation will get the proceeds. Lucas is currently the chairman of Edutopia, which is part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. He could put money into that or create a new foundation that would be funded from the sale.
The Foundation was the vehicle Lucas used to make a $175 million donation to his alma mater USC in 2006. He has also given to many other causes over the years including the Film Foundation, Stand Up to Cancer and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company,” Lucas said in a statement Wednesday. “As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.”
The spokesperson noted that this “announcement continues a commitment that Lucas made in 2010 to The Giving Pledge, where he stated,  'I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race. We have to plan for our collective future -- and the first step begins with social, emotional and intellectual tools we provide to our children. As humans, our greatest tool for survival is our ability to think and to adapt -- as educators, storytellers and communicators, our responsibility is to continue to do so.’” 

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